A YouTube for the scientific community

Philip Bourne, professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California San Diego, has started on a new venture called SciVee that he hopes will provide an avenue for scientists to leverage the features of online video portals for the demonstration of experiments and white papers.

A quote from the Scivee site:

SciVee is operated in partnership with the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). Created for scientists, by scientists, SciVee moves science beyond the printed word and lecture theater taking advantage of the internet as a communication medium where scientists young and old have a place and a voice.

The site is aimed at providing an avenue for scientists as well as reduce the entry barrier for the scientific community to demo new ideas and experiments. With the increase in research material online, scientists will be keen to embrace technologies that make collaboration easier.

Another trend that may be observed here is that, similar to search engines getting vertical domains, video portals may also get into vertical niches with the deluge of online content. Unlike text search, video search is still a very nascent technology, and verticalization of the video domain has more advantages in making relevant content available.

More new links:

SciVee : The YouTube for science research papers (InformationWeek)

Online videos cathc on (Scientist.com)

Boffins get their own YouTube (Inquirer)

Science gets its YouTube on with SciVee (Ars Technica)